You will find a cypress,
and by the cypress a spring,
and by the spring two guardians,
who will say to you:
"Who are you?" and
"Where do you come from?"

And you will reply:
"I am the child of the earth
and of the starry heavens;
I am thirsty;
I perish."

And they will tell you
to drink of the fountain,
and sometimes,
the fountain itself will speak.


--- The Orphic tables, and their directions
to the soul after death, from
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell